At The Empress of Little Rock, The John Edward Murray Mini-Suite is one of our most unique and romantic rooms because it resides in the 3 1/2 story Gothic Queen Anne tower overlooking the front fountain and feels like two separate rooms. Originally Mr. Hornibrook’s Morning Parlor, it is named for Pine Bluff native and plantation heir John Edward Murray, the youngest Brigadeer General on either side of the Civil War, receiving his commission posthumously at the age of 21.
A West Point student, who left at the secession of Arkansas to return home, he joined the Arkansas Volunteer Infantry and was Commissioned a Major. Promoted to Colonel with the command of the 5th Arkansas in December, 1862, he distinguished himself during the battles of Murfreesboro and Chickamauga. On the day he received his commission to Brigadeer General he was killed in action leading the 8th Arkansas at the battle of Atlanta.
The King size bed in the Murray Suite is part of an antique Austrian walnut bedroom suite which includes two night stands with marble tops, two wardrobes, a marble topped washstand and marble topped commode. The rare curved windows that surround the bed are mounted with unique colored pressed glass surrounds that were custom made for Mr. Hornibrook and is the only room upstairs that bears them. Even the original wavy curved glass that was preserved by the current owners is still intact. The room décor features an original Confederate sword that was purchased at a reenactment of the battle of Shiloh, along with original Confederate currency and a minea ball found on the battle site. A rare metal powder horn of the Civil War Era hangs on the wall. Homage is also paid to the Union Army with a copy of Lincolns’ Gettysburg address, likely the finest speech ever given by a President of these United States. Victorian Portieres and a fireplace round out the comfortable decor’ of the room with a Pullman bath and shower. History abounds at The Empress of Little Rock. Find out more about the Hornibrook Mansion and The Empress of Little Rock at http://Www.TheEmpress.com.
We hope you enjoy The Empress Series of videos about The Empress of Little Rock and The Hornibrook Mansion. Episode 2 – The John Edward Murray Suite is available on our YouTube Channel and can also be found below.